Moving to a new country can be difficult and frustrating, however, your time at KU will soon become rewarding. This section of the website will help guide you through topics that will soon become very important to you. Each section will have much more detailed information.
Staying in a hotel is a great option for the first couple nights, or week, after your arrival. This time will give you chance to find permanent housing. However, we strongly suggest you begin your housing search before you arrive in the U.S. Talk with your faculty and department hosts about good neighborhoods to live, which are close to your KU department. Hopefully you will be able to walk or ride the bus to campus every day. Also do NOT ever pay for an apartment before you have seen it.
Explore A New Place
Kansas is in the midwest region of the United States, and is known for being very friendly; however, it can still be difficult to make lasting friendships while you are here. Most likely you will make friends in your host department, but you should try to join organizations and participate in events at KU and the Lawrence community.
The size of the United States very often surprises many visitors. Very often Americans consider driving 3-4 hours somewhere normal, or easy to do. This is because there is not a lot of public transportation in the United States. Yes, Lawrence has a bus system that you can use, but it is limited. If you are going to be here at KU for a year or more, you may wish to consider purchasing a used car. It may make things more convenient while you are here.
Understand Health Care & Health Insurance in United States
The health care system in the United States is complicated and expensive. Having health insurance is a basic requirement to live successfully in the United States. In fact, there are now laws requiring everyone in the United States to have insurance, also, your visa status might even require specific levels of health insurance (J visa). If you will be employed by the University of Kansas one of the benefits of your employment should be health insurance through the state of Kansas. If you are not an employee you might be eligible for other insurance through the University of Kansas. Regardless, health care in the United States can cost tens of thousands of dollars per incident, so health insurance is imperative.